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A groundbreaking new book that upends our understanding of ancient America

Conventional history tells us humans migrated on foot across present-day Alaska, populating the Americas far later than other continents.

However, emerging new evidence suggests seafarers reached the continents thousands of years earlier and developed far more sophisticated civilizations than previously imagined. . . .

From "distinguished historian" (BBC World Service) Gavin Menzies, the author of the blockbuster New York Times bestseller 1421, comes a revolutionary new account of how the first humans came to North and South America. Menzies reveals that ancient peoples used the oceans' natural currents and prevailing winds to make voyages across both the Atlantic and Pacific. What's more, we now must accept that they had time to develop remarkably advanced cultures. Armed with cutting-edge DNA evidence, newly unearthed artifacts, and astonishing linguistic and archaeological discoveries, Menzies shows

  • humans have been making transoceanic voyages as far back as 100,000 years ago, vastly predating the supposed overland migration to the Americas during the last Ice Age;
  • the ancient South American civilizations of the Olmec and Maya in Central and South America may have had direct origins and influences from Asia;
  • ancient maps held in the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., show there must have been sustained and dedicated voyages to the Western Hemisphere by Chinese explorers as early as 2200 B.C.;
  • huge Chinese settlements occupied (and made exploratory journeys from) Nova Scotia;
  • Japanese, Korean, and even earlier European voyages likewise predated the explorations currently recorded by history.

A maverick scholar, Menzies has made a riveting new contribution to the story of humanity's earliest explorers, revealing the truth behind one of history's most fascinating questions: Who discovered America?

About the Author

Gavin Menzies is the bestselling author of 1421: The Year China Discovered America; 1434: The Year a Magnificent Chinese Fleet Sailed to Italy and Ignited the Renaissance; and The Lost Empire of Atlantis: History's Greatest Mystery Revealed. He served in the Royal Navy between 1953 and 1970. His knowledge of seafaring and navigation sparked his interest in the epic voyages of Chinese admiral Zheng He. Menzies lives in London.



Ian Hudson was educated at Eton College and the University of Bristol. He started working with Gavin Menzies in 2002 and has been involved with all of his book projects since the publication of 1421. Ian established the website www.gavinmenzies.net and has managed the research team in London since then. He divides his time between London and his farm in Melchbourne, Bedfordshire.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; 1St Edition edition (October 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006223675X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062236753
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #429,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Jasmine Dean on January 9, 2014
Format: Hardcover
A story that makes you wonder! Having been familiar with Gavin Menzies' books "1421 - The Year China Discovered the World" and "1434 -" I looked forward to reading "Who Discovered America" by Gavin Menzies and Ian Hudson and it did not disappoint.
Mainstream history continues to state that Columbus was the first to discover the New World, - that, despite all the evidence to the contrary; indeed, that after the Bering Strait migration in prehistoric times there was no other interraction with the Old World. However Menzies and Hudson bring a wealth of research and persuasive evidence to refute this old belief, and much of it comes from people like you and me - ordinary folk - who knowing something does not add up, do their own research in their own countries, and what turns up is extraordinary.
the premise of "Who Discovered America" is that there have been many voyages to the Americas over not only centuries but millennia, by Mediterranean peoples but also, importantly, by the early Chinese, who not only left much evidence of their arrival and interraction with the native inhabitants but through intermarriage left their DNA, which Science can now verify.
Well, the evidence is out there and Gavin Menzies and Ian Hudson open the door to more research that we can all participate in, and become directly involved in. Read the book and wonder as I did, or get onto their website [...]
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52 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Gunnar Thompson on October 25, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Once in a lifetime, you find a book that establishes a new guideline for generations to come. This is it!
The new bestseller, from the British team of Gavin Menzies and Ian Hudson finally gets it right. Who Discovered America? is a synthesis of the latest investigations by Menzies and Hudson after visiting American museums and archeological sites - and after interviewing cutting-edge scientists in such diverse fields as genetic research, cartography, plant biology, epidemiology, and marine archeology. The broad-based scientific foundation for this book is beyond reproach.
Nevertheless, Menzies and Hudson do not claim to have written the last word on the subject of New World voyages before Columbus. They acknowledge that even more discoveries are yet to come. Everyone can be a part of this thrilling adventure. Menzies and Hudson invite readers to participate in the unfolding drama of rewriting the real history of world exploration by inquiring into a host of websites, books, and the current research of experts in many fields. Only Gavin Menzies and Ian Hudson have developed the kind of interactive web site where this synthesis of new ideas and widespread participation can actually happen - on a global basis. Professional historians tend to shelter themselves in little cubby-holes of specializations in obscure fields of study that totally miss the Big Picture. Not Menzies and Hudson!
The vital importance of Menzies' original book, 1421 - The Year China Discovered America (Bantam, 2002), is underscored by the fact that a Beijing map collector, Liu Gang, realized that a Ming Map he had purchased from a Shanghai antique dealer was a World Heritage Treasure. Liu Gang came to this conclusion only after reading Menzies' book.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By ana mays on January 11, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Mr. Menzies continues his pursuit of the real history of the world. This book knits together his many years of travel and research and I highly recommend it. Not daunted by critics Mr. Menzies gives credit where due and is not reticent to express his own opinions which are backed by on-the -ground research. I especially liked the chapter about his plan to trek across the Kamchatka peninsula. Maybe he will someday find that the migration went west not east!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By David L. Ulrich on December 20, 2013
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The first part of this history is told in 1421, the second is in 1434. His third book spells out an unknown (we haven’t even figured out Linear A) seafaring civilization and the incredible history of the Mediterranean. Now moving to the current adventure into history. This story is not in the many books proclaiming that it never happened when the evidence is in the MAPS. It has always been in the maps. The closing arguments are in the front leaf of the book showing the ocean currents. To rob the ancients of their intelligence saying they could build a 400ft ship and then never leave the Indian Ocean is an insult. These ships were built to take the hits of the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.

Gavin and Ian (with the input and research of a small army and a fabulous website) have proven the ancients knew the oceans were freeways and not barriers. Read with the publication of Anatole Andro (The 1421 Heresy), it took, without a doubt, a sailor to write this history. Did they change history - NO they did not. They exposed history. The maps have always been here for us to read.

The DNA is a modern science of which is still being expanded much further than first realized. History will now be written by the map readers, DNA scientists, geologists, geographers and astronomers. No longer can the "modern" political and historic interpretation be used or trusted. Historians have always tried to use the excuse of "Its outside of the scope of this study". This is a research fallacy. A marginalization of information. This is unacceptable. ALL information (if proved to be genuine) must be considered. When it is proven to be genuine then it becomes "fact". Gavin and Ian have surpassed all requirements and set new standards that are required of all. They have taken the conditions of soft history (we think this happened but .....) and turned it into hard science.

Well done.
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